A staple in every home, dining chairs provide comfortable seating during meals with friends and family. Knowing the different dining chair styles and types can help you determine which design best suits your decor tastes and entertainment goals. We've put together this dining room chair style guide to help you discover the perfect seating for your layout.

Diverse Dining Chairs

From stylish side chairs to comfy, spacious arm chairs, Rooms To Go's collection includes a range of dining room chair types to coordinate with any look. Considering factors such as size, style and material is essential when choosing a dining room chair set to enhance the look and feel of your space.

red leather dining room chairs

Side Chairs

One of the most common choices for a dining room or eat-in kitchen, side chairs come in many styles to complement your layout. Shop crimson or teal contemporary side chairs with chrome-finished legs for some retro charm and a touch of color. Many traditional side chairs from our collection offer natural woodgrain finishes and classic turned legs for a chic yet elegant look.


Look for side chairs in different materials to find your ideal dining room seating. Light wood side chairs spruce up a coastal or country cottage space, while dark wood seats coordinate with rustic or traditional layouts. Meanwhile, polished metal side chairs with sleek legs and streamlined silhouettes complement modern dining areas.


Armless side chairs fit neatly under tables or kitchen counters, making this dining chair type ideal for smaller spaces. These streamlined seats also lend a casual vibe to your dining room decor, which is ideal for laid-back get-togethers, game nights with friends and impromptu dinner parties.

brown and black dining room side chairs

Dining Arm Chairs

For a comfortable addition to your space, think about adding a set of dining arm chairs. Often placed at either end of a table for guests of honor, these dining chairs offer comfortable armrests and full back support to keep everyone cozy and relaxed, from the first round of appetizers to coffee and dessert.


Stylish dining armchairs come in several chic designs. Mixing classic and contemporary elements in your dining room? Our transitional arm chairs combine aspects of both styles, while mid-century modern dining room arm chairs with wooden frames and tapered legs offer retro looks updated with modern materials.

contemporary dining room arm chairs

Upholstered Chairs

Upholstered dining chairs deliver a cozier experience during meals and dinner parties. Cushioned seats and backrests keep guests comfortable while offering sturdy support. Some upholstered dining chairs have convenient armrests so you can relax while chatting over Sunday breakfast or after-dinner drinks, too.


Choosing an upholstered dining chair set also gives your color scheme a boost. Want to brighten up a neutral palette? Consider our collection of blue or green upholstered seats to introduce a cool hue, or add a red fabric dining chair to liven up your look. On the other hand, if you need to balance out a more colorful space, beige or gray upholstered dining chairs coordinate with any hue while giving the room a chic, grounded aesthetic.

yellow upholstered dining chairs

Outdoor Chairs

Rooms To Go has outdoor dining chairs for your patio as well. Complete your back deck with stunning wicker, teak or aluminum chairs to complement your outdoor decor and seat guests at your next barbeque. In addition, outdoor swivel dining seats make chatting over brunch more engaging, while a rocking dining chair combined with your morning coffee gives you a relaxing start to your day.

teak framed outdoor dining chairs

Dining Chair Styles Defined

In addition to different seating design types, our selection includes a range of various dining room chair styles. From sleek and modern to down-home and rustic, there's an option to coordinate with every dining room table. Check out the dining chair styles listed below to find the best seats to complement your decor.


  • Modern: One of the most popular dining chair styles, modern dining chairs feature straight, clean lines and a streamlined aesthetic.
  • Rustic: Rustic dining chairs typically feature natural woodgrain finishes to enhance the welcoming vibe of industrial, farmhouse or country cottage decor.
  • Contemporary: Designed with curved lines, chic tapered legs and a bold splash of color, contemporary dining chairs put a glamorous spin on your layout.
  • Transitional: Transitional dining chairs combine classic and contemporary details, delivering a look that coordinates with eclectic style mashups or brings something new and different to a traditional dining room.
  • Traditional: When it comes to traditional dining chair styles, think warm wood tones, turned legs and simple silhouettes. These seats often feature neutral upholstery, nailhead accents or distressed finishes.

In This Guide:

  1. Counter Height vs. Bar Height
  2. Your Guide to Hosting a Successful Dinner Party
  3. Dining Room Table Style Guide
  4. Standard vs. Counter Height vs. Pub Tables
  5. Dining Chair Dimensions
  6. Dining Room Lighting
  7. Choosing the Right Dining Room Rug
  8. Dining Room Chair Types & Styles
  9. Dining Room Storage

rustic dining chairs